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Charitable contributions to educational institutions increased 8 percent last year, slightly less than the overall growth in giving, according to an annual report on philanthropy.
"This is all too abstract. This is too theoretical. Couldn't you just give us practical things we can use?" It is the ultimate dismissal a teacher can deliver. A presentation viewed as abstract, theoretical, or intellectual is blown out of the water.
Should values be taught in public schools, and if yes, whose? These are questions being raised frequently as several thousand school board members nationwide prepare for the November elections. The questions are likely to be revisited this year with particular fervor as most Americans are deeply troubled about the moral state of the union and the character of the young. How and above all who is to impart moral education is a subject that has raised vehement controversies in past elections and in between. The left is fearful that the promotion of virtues in public schools will lead to religious indoctrination. The religious right suspects that values education in public schools will promote secular humanism and spread "relativism," the notion that there are no ultimate values, but only those favored by one group or another of the diverse polyglot that America is said to have become.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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